divert Definition

  • 1cause (someone or something) to change course or turn from one direction to another
  • 2distract (someone or their attention) from something

Using divert: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "divert" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The river was diverted to prevent flooding.

  • Example

    The attention of the audience was diverted by the magician's tricks.

  • Example

    He tried to divert suspicion away from himself.

  • Example

    She diverted herself with a book while waiting for the train.

divert Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with divert

  • to shift one's focus or concentration from one thing to another


    She tried to divert her attention from the noise outside.

  • to redirect the flow of vehicles from one route to another


    The police diverted traffic away from the accident scene.

  • divert resources

    to allocate resources to a different purpose or use


    The company diverted funds from marketing to research and development.

Origins of divert

from Old French 'diverter', from Latin 'divertere', meaning 'to turn aside'


Summary: divert in Brief

To 'divert' [dɪˈvɜːt] means to change course or direction, or to distract someone or their attention. Examples include diverting a river to prevent flooding, diverting attention with a magic trick, or diverting suspicion away from oneself. Phrases include 'divert one's attention,' 'divert traffic,' and 'divert resources.' Synonyms include 'redirect,' 'reroute,' and 'entertain.'

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